While inducing dog vomiting, a pet owner should be concerned about the safety of the dog's health. Let's take an instance; there is no use of inducing vomiting if the pet has swallowed a hazardous material more than 2-3 hours ago. To be on the safe side, you can call the veterinarian and seek advice. If the vet advises to do so, then only you can consider inducing vomiting in your pet dog. Educating yourself about the reasons for and tips on how to induce vomiting in dogs will be of help when your pet is affected by certain health problems.
Reasons for Inducing Vomiting
The fact is that dog vomiting indicates a health problem, particularly a gastrointestinal problem. Nonetheless, some situations call for inducing the pet dog to throw up to avoid worsening of the condition. For example, your pet has ingested something that is poisonous. In such a case, the first thing that you can try is to make him/her vomit so that the poison does not reach the stomach or small intestine.
Inducing vomiting should be practiced within 2 hours after ingestion of the toxic substance. Don't consider inducing vomiting if the dog is in an unconscious state or has difficulty breathing. It is also not advisable if the dog has swallowed a caustic substance, acidic solution, or a sharp object. Otherwise, your pet's condition will worsen rather than improve. Following are some of the safe ways to induce vomiting in dogs.
Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Giving dilute hydrogen peroxide solution (3 percent) is the most commonly practiced method of inducing vomiting in dogs. About 3 ml of the solution can be given per 20 pounds of the dog's weight. It is obvious that the dog will be reluctant to drink the hydrogen peroxide solution. Hence, for easy feeding of the solution, you can make use of a syringe (without the needle) to squirt it inside the dog's mouth. If the dog has not started vomiting even after 10-15 minutes, you can give another dose of dilute hydrogen peroxide solution.
If you have ipecac or manage to purchase it, you can give two teaspoons of the syrup per 20 pounds of the dog's weight. Usually, the dog starts vomiting after about 10-15 minutes. If such is not the case, you can give another dose by maintaining the same amount. Wait for another 10 minutes. In case, the dog does not start vomiting even after administration of the second dose, it is advisable to consult the vet.
Feeding common salt is another easy way to induce vomiting in dogs. You can place about ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt on the dog's tongue. It is more effective if the dog swallows the salt. If you succeed in doing so, the taste will automatically induce vomiting in your pet dog.
Induced vomiting at the right time is helpful in successfully removing about 40 to 50 percent of the toxic substance. Hence, even if the dog has vomited after swallowing the poisonous material, he/she should be taken to a veterinarian as early as possible. The vet may prescribe activated charcoal or perform stomach pumping for removal of the remaining toxins from the body. Take safety precautions and proper dog care to keep your pet healthy and playful.